The following is from the booklet, Gypsum Hill Cemetery Historical Walk, published by the City of Salina, Parks & Recreation and the Salina Public Library.
Anderson Family This Large tombsone stands as mute testimony to a tragic event that occurred one hot August day in 1902. On a frm in the current location of the Salina Country Club golf course, Joseph and Cora Anderson lived a seemingly normal life with their four children, ages 6 years to almost three months. On this morning Cora left her children with their father and went into Salina to do her weekly shopping. When she returned from town about one in the afternoon, she found her husband on the ground near the cistern, dying from self-inflicted gun shot woulds. She ran for help and when she and a neighbor returned and entered the houe, she discovered a note: "The children are in the cistern." It was thought that financial worries drove Joseph Anderson to drown his children and end his life. The funeral procession from the Anderson home to the cemetery involved three hearses and "more than a hundred rigs" that stretched out for a mile. The children were placed together in one grave, two small caskets with two children in each, resting side by side. Their mother later remarried and is buried nearby.
The members of the family who died that day were:
Joseph L. Anderson, father, aged 32 years, 2 months, 14 days
Ferne Anderson, aged 6 years, 1 month, 14 days
Lewis Anderson, aged 4 years, 2 months, 18 days
Elizabeth Anderson, aged 2 years, 4 months, 6 days
Grace Anderson, aged 2 months, 26 days
Cora's second husband was William Elery Catherman.
Cyrus Urmey (1836 - 1908)
Magdalena Gottschall Urmey (1843 - 1901)
Joseph L. Anderson (1870 - 1902)
William Elery Catherman (1871 - 1949)*
Ferne Anderson (1896 - 1902)*
Lewis Franklin Anderson (1898 - 1902)*
Elizabeth Anderson (1900 - 1902)*
Grace Agnes Anderson (1902 - 1902)*
Cora Viola Urmey Anderson Catherman (1870 - 1960)
Magdalene Elizabeth Urmey Canning (1875 - 1930)*
Gypsum Hill Cemetery
Plot: Block 3, Lot 11, Space 3
Created by: sister7a
Record added: Aug 13, 2007
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